Color Inspiration - Dyer's Mushroom
by Jennifer Brooks
One of the best things about the turn of the PNW seasons, from summer to fall, is the opportunity to forage for wild
edibles. Even if the weather hasn't yet turned soggy and cold and the linger heat of summer persists, the trees are
beginning their descent into their autumn slumber and the reach of the fog climbs higher into the hills. The fungi are
also beginning to pop up in the duff of the forest floor, leaving treasures for those who know how to find them.
On a recent trip to the woods with my wicker basket in hand, a friend an I trudged into the underbrush to find the early-season gold of chanterelles and the chance for the remaining elderberries. During our treasure hunt, I came across this young Dyer's Mushroom (Phaeolus schweinitzii), a fungus prized by yarn and wool dyers. The young mushrooms lend themselves to yellows and tans, while the mature specimens offer shades of brown.
Jennifer Brooks's Color Inspiration - Dyer's Mushroom - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, color inspiration dyer's mushroom
Jennifer Brooks's Color Inspiration - Dyer's Mushroom - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, color inspiration dyer's mushroom
As an ode to the bustling tones of this brilliantly colored fungus, I crafted a netted hoop pendant with hammered copper, aventurine, horn, red tiger eye, copper, faceted labradorite, and obsidian beads.
Grab your basket, your knife, and your guide and get out into the woods this autumn.
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Materials

16 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-16D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $1.13
  • Gold Club Price: $0.84
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26 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-26D
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $0.77
  • Gold Club Price: $0.58
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Goldstone 4mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-639
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.00
  • Gold Club Price: $4.50
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Jade 4mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-642
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $10.80
  • Gold Club Price: $8.10
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Blue Goldstone 4mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-72
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.25
  • Gold Club Price: $3.94
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Tools

Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Round Nose Wire Pliers
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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4.5 Inch Flat Nose Mini Pliers
G2-88
  • G2-88
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.97
  • Gold Club Price: $3.73
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Steel and Rubber Bench Block 4x4 Inches
G17-44
  • G17-44
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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Flat Face Chasing Hammer
HAM-161.00
  • HAM-161.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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5 1/2 Inch Nylon Flat Jaw Pliers with Replacement Jaws
G2-1
  • G2-1
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $9.97
  • Gold Club Price: $7.48
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6 Step Barrel Plier - Pack of 1
G2-503
  • G2-503
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $18.95
  • Gold Club Price: $14.21
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $16.97
  • Gold Club Price: $12.73
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  • Category: Design
  • Technique(s): Design